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Launching a new range of Classic Radio Sci-Fi releases, the renowned Quatermass Memoirs was first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 1996. It is a mix of original TV soundtrack and drama-documentary, in which Nigel Kneale reflects on the 1950s fearful atmosphere in which he wrote the classic Quatermass TV serials. The programme mixes the factual story with a dramatic narrative, in which the now-retired Professor Quatermass (played by Nigel Kneale) reluctantly recounts his past exploits to a female journalist. This in turn is interweaved with soundtrack footage from the Quatermass TV dramas. The final touch is a stirring music soundtrack.
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hmmm

If you are expecting a story, this is not it.It is more like a commentary track with a odd melding of original story, a new 'retrospective' from Quatermass, and the original writers historical commentary on the origins of the ideas.

Oh, and if I hear Holst's "Bringer of War" one more time...

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Cool historical piece

Was always a fan if the first Quatermass story, and movie. This is a nice little self congratulatory piece you would expect from classic sci fi originators.

Was always a little disappointed that the BBC lost the original series episodes with Reginald Tate (easily the best quatermass)

But this is decent. If forgettable.

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Great radio play

Loved the narration and how it brought the characters and scenes to life. Very vividly.

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An interesting approach

This BBC radio production takes an interesting approach to adapting old TV sci fi. For the 'lost' Dr Who TV stories the Beeb took the original sound tracks (mostly recorded by fans) and produced new scene naration by original cast members. In practise what we got was a lot of old people doing dull audio description in the present tense. Certainly an accquired taste!
For Quatermass we have a mix of the original sound tracks, character naration and writer Nigel Kneales commentary on world events at the time of the TV broadcasts. This appraoch generally works very well. Occassionally the naration has to gloss over vast chunks of the story. This is frustrating and had the effect of throwing me out of the story.
By far the best part of the whole thing are Nigel Kneales fascinating 'real world' contributions, particulalry on the racial elements of 'Quatermass and the Pit'.
This is an very interesting production but I felt that it lacked something overall. There is certainly plenty to enjoy, but some of the story telling doesn't totaly work, at least it didn't for me. If you are a fan of BBC sci fi or old telly then add an extra star.

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Lucky to get 1 star

If you like 1950s BBC snobbery, precise stiff uppah lip commentary and posh cockneys this is for you!
For me, I prefer realistic characters I can refer to, not a bunch of well-to-do Hooray Henrys just out of some Knightsbridge drama school that mumsy and dadsy paid for along with a hefty annual allowance!!!
Pathetic, Weak and Out-dated.
NEXT!!!!

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Nice overview

The purpose of this production is two-fold: to give a review of the first three serials in the form of an interview of the main character, and to give a historical background to the real-life events that inspired the writing of said serials by the writer himself.

The production is professionally done and actually aired on BBC Radio. If you're a fan of the character and are interested in both the stories and the stories behind the stories then this is for you.

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